Instructor: Sarah Williams (Civic Data Design Lab)
Team: Wonyoung So, Moon Mengqi He
Duration: 2 months
Role: Furniture Ideation, Data visualization
Photo credit: @SQ9 team
︎ Project website
“Cultures and climates differ all over the world, but people are the same.
They’ll gather in public if you give them good places to do it.”
| Problem |
The entrance of MIT Building 9 (Department of Urban Science and Planning) is underutilized.
| Goal |
Having design intervention to activate the space and have people engaged. During the event, we measure how the place is utilized by using sensors and visualize people’s movement.
>>Tactical Urbanism Event was held to measure how physical interventions can activate and improve public spaces.
Tactical Urbanism plan of placing movable box chairs with sensors
Our biggest concern was privacy issue.
@SQ9 tracked locations, not individuals.
We did not collect any personal information,
and all of the data were aggregated and were not personally identifiable.
Bluetooth beacons inside the movable chairs and wifi sniffing technology were used to detect the location. It allowed us to analyze the usage of this place and help us potentially make a better decision making in terms of plaza design.
Triangulate the signals from wifi sensors to detect the smartphone locations
| Users |
| Sensors |
We set the wifi sensors location so that we can calculate and locate the positions of people and furniture based on the same coordinate system.
| Codes |
| Day-to-day Visualization |